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That Night in Rio (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 11 April 1941 (USA)
An entertainer in Rio impersonates a wealthy aristocrat. When the aristocrat's wife asks him to carry the impersonation further, complications ensue.

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writers:

George Seaton (screen play), Bess Meredyth (screen play) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Faye ... Baroness Cecilia Duarte
Don Ameche ... Larry Martin / Baron Manuel Duarte
Carmen Miranda ... Carmen
S.Z. Sakall ... Arthur Penna
J. Carrol Naish ... Machado
Curt Bois ... Felicio Salles
Leonid Kinskey ... Pierre Dufond
Bando da Lua ... Banda da Lua
Frank Puglia ... Pedro
Lillian Porter Lillian Porter ... Luiza
Maria Montez ... Inez
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Ambassador
Eddie Conrad ... Alfonso (as Edward Conrad)
Fortunio Bonanova ... Pereira
Flores Brothers Trio Flores Brothers Trio ... Specialty Trio (as Flores Brothers)
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Storyline

An entertainer in Rio impersonates a wealthy aristocrat. When the aristocrat's wife asks him to carry the impersonation further, complications ensue. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Have a rendezvous with music and gaiety ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

11 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aquella noche en Río See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A reprise of "Chica-Chica-Boom Chic" sung by Alice Faye and Don Ameche was cut from the film. See more »

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Baroness: [Larry has made a plan with the baroness to help her get even with her husband. Larry meets the baron in the hall, where he explains to the baron what his wife intended to do. Larry leaves, and the baron enters the room, where the baroness mistakes him for look-alike Larry] Oh, hurry! Hurry, I just saw his car in the driveway. Now, get ready. I expect him to come in any minute. He didn't see you, did he? Oh. A little closer, huh? No, no. Maybe you'd better take me in your arms. Oh, I'll show him...
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The Conference
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Don Ameche
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Very familiar.
7 September 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

As I read the synopsis of "That Night in Rio", I immediately realized it was the same plot as the Danny Kaye film "On the Riviera"--which I've already seen. And, originally (back in 1935) it was "Folies Bergère de Paris"--which I've also seen! Apparently, the studio REALLY liked the plot and all these were filmed within 15 years!

Carmen Miranda was an odd phenomenon of the 1940s. Seen today, I am sure many folks wonder HOW she got to be a big star with 20th Century-Fox. She was, like Disco, something that made sense at the time. Today, you wonder how this odd rubber-faced Brazilian lady with fruit salad on her head got to be one of the highest paid ladies at the studio! This isn't meant as an insult--I liked her in some films (especially "Copacabana"). But she is a totally odd and unique personality that I just don't quite understand--and I am sure I'm not alone on this one! Miss Miranda was in this film--which makes sense as it's set in Brazil--though her presence in other Latin American locales did seem a bit more difficult to believe (such as Argentina and Cuba).

Don Ameche is the star of this film--and he's supported by both Miranda and Alice Faye. He plays dual roles--that of a nightclub entertainer (Larry Martin) and the Baron Duarte. Larry is called to impersonate the Baron--and this creates two problems. First, he's falling in love with the Baron's wife (Faye) and his girlfriend (Miranda) has gotten wind of this. You have to just go with this and accept the cliché of the identical stranger that was VERY common in Hollywood films--because if you think about it too much it will make your head explode! Although the film is a remake, it does have a few things going for it. First, the color print is very nice and the film obviously had a rahter high budget--so it LOOKS good. Second, Don Ameche does a great job in both roles--with a credible accent and it was great seeing him switch from a South American to an American so quickly. But, regardless, it STILL is a remake--and the plot is very, very creaky! Worth seeing and enjoyable (probably a bit more so than the two other versions) but far from a must-see.


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